It’s National Growing for Wellbeing Week. Studies confirm that gardening is beneficial for our mental health and wellbeing. Gardening not only reduces stress and combats high blood pressure, but it can reduce mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
There is no doubt that gardening connects us with nature. Spending time in the garden and with nature helps us to relax and destress. It helps us feel more at peace with ourselves, with our thoughts and with the world. Just by spending time in green spaces, helps us overcome feelings of self-absorption that can make mental health worse.
Like animals, plants will also give us a sense of responsibility. Watching and having a living thing to care for gives us a sense of worth. Unlike people, plants don’t judge they’re cared for and on our part keeping plants healthy give us a sense of pride that we’re giving back, confidence and self-esteem.
Gardening releases endorphins that makes us feel well, satisfied and relaxed. Three to four hours of gardening in one session is equivalent to an hour in the gym. Exercise if taken regularly is beneficial for a wide range of mental health issues and can help improve our lives in other areas also. Regular exercise can help promote better sleep, boost self-esteem and contribute to weight loss.
Gardening is also therapeutic. Taking a break through gardening will help us concentrate staying in the moment, working on the task in hand. It helps us stay in control, deciding on how we want our garden to look. That will help spill into other areas of our life where we’re not always organised or feel in control.